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|William Cameron Menzies||Director|
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Posted October 1, 2010
Things to come's title is the only thing wrong with this movie! It is really about a science/tech society that comes about when the old industrialism destroys itself through war(it practically predicts ww11!). Although it predicts world war two, it predicts the war lasts for decades like the old medieval wars, but that is o.k. because it is sci-fi besides, if it had successfully predicted that, Wells would have been even more right than he already is! The film gives the emotions of war, and the emotions of rational people in the face of irrational society about to destory itself! I don't know anything more emotional! The acting is better than in Superman Returns! The movie flows better than Superman Returns! The film goes on to watch society smoothly and successfully transition to advanced technological society as if all political decisions were to be made logically. Of course, this is a dream sci-fi film. Maybe if war lasted as long as he has it, a scientific group could have taken control, but I guess now we'll never know! The film continues to discuss the philosophy of life and point out that the human species is technologically dependent and about exploration if it is to survive. This movie's special effects, directing, acting, and ideas are amazing for a 1930's film! - especially considering few films have ever considered the understanding of the role of science and technology in the human condition like this one. In this day and age of humanity arguing for going back into the trees and/or world war 111 for a christian armegeddon, this is the greatest film ever!
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Posted November 8, 2013
Strange but good movie This is one of the strangest movie I have seen. It had a very strange story line that I was interested in watching till the end to see how it unravels. The movie is about a guy who finds a portal to John Malco
Read MoreStrange but good movie This is one of the strangest movie I have seen. It had a very strange story line that I was interested in watching till the end to see how it unravels. The movie is about a guy who finds a portal to John Malcovich's brain. Anyone who goes into the portal can watch what John Malcovich is doing and ''be'' John Malcovich for 15 minutes.
Posted September 9, 2013
Okay, watch Metropolis for yourself and see how religious and disgusting it is as prediction. Things to Come predicted WWII, bombing innocent people from the air, the kind of anti-science backlash we see now, and another round of gas--this time for Peace (not yet achieved, viz Syria). H. G. cannot be faulted for thinking that popular, democratic, capitalistic government was bound to fail again after WWI. The infamous Public here still does not understand or believe in evolution, climate change, or the value of big science. H.G. riled against the snob nationalistic imperial government in England with War of the Worlds, and here in Thing to Come he took on the failing monarchies and rogue sovereign states. In another book, he took on the use of nuclear weapons, in The Last War. His ability to see grim possibilities is unrivaled, and just about every sci-fi plot appears in his writings. The view of underground cities--to protect the environment--is in TTC. His statement of unlimited optimism at the end of TTC is inspiring to youth, and it is poetic and spirited and memorable. I just wish he was right about a Disney-looking future, including death to The Common Cold.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
This films only redeeming quality is its science fiction visual effects, which are still inferior to Metropolis, a decade earlier. The acting is awful, and well the script....Wells whole purpose is to convince the audience that the world should be ruled by a bunch of unelected technocrats. Why? to Wells, the individual is incapable of self government, or even electing some one to representive himself. Mankind can only be saved by science! Specifically, self appointed scientist who know what is best for the rest of us. Sound familiar? Of course in the film, everyone ends up living in a sterile futuristic underground city, but at least we're safe aren't we? While watching, I kept thinking how this film must have been looked at in 1936, when it premiered. Nazi Germany was re-arming and threatening, the Soviet Union was trying to export Marxism, and the worlds economy was still in shambles. And yet the message of this film is :submit. Only through submission will there be peace.In the film, everyone is equally culpable for mankinds disasters. Everyone except the scientist, the men of letters and learning, who like a kindly all knowing Big Brother, direct every action, thought and future. To question them is madness, for they always know best.
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Posted October 24, 2010
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